Appalshop is a multi-media arts and cultural center located in central Appalachia. Since its founding in 1969 Appalshop has produced media about all aspects of life in the region including coal mining, subsistence farming, crafts, labor strikes, music, storytelling, religious practices, politics, environmental activism, and Appalachian literature. The Appalshop Archive's mission is to care for and improve access to Appalshop's legacy of media production, as well as other unique collections from central Appalachia. For more information about Appalshop and the archive please visit www.appalshop.org
Appalshop Archive has made selections from two of its local television collections available on the Internet Archive:
Early Headwaters Television, 1980-1984
In 1980 Appalshop launched a weekly television series on WKYH-TV, the local NBC affiliate in Hazard, Kentucky. The series title, Headwaters, was inspired by the many rivers that originate in the mountains of eastern Kentucky. A mixture of folk arts, local affairs and music, Headwaters programs documented regional artists, artisans, and musicians, and explored significant historical and cultural aspects of the region. Today Appalshop continues to distribute its documentary productions to PBS affiliates as Headwaters programming. The majority of programs in this collection were transferred from 3/4" Umatic cassettes, with a few from 1" open reel. Preservation was made possible with a grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.
Mountain Community Television
In 1972 media producer Paul Congo launched a southwest Virginia affiliate of Ted Carpenter's influential Broadside Television in East Tennessee. It came to be known as "Mountain Community Television," and aired locally on Wise County's cable access Channel 12 from 1972 to 1978. Programs featured local music, arts, culture, public affairs, college lectures and student-produced entertainment. A portion of MCTV's 1/2" open reel videotapes were salvaged after the project was discontinued in 1978. Preservation grants enabled Appalshop Archive to transfer the material in 2008, providing access to this unique window on southwest Virginia cultural and political life in the mid-1970's. It includes both edited programs and camera original raw footage, as well as "recycled" tapes that reveal clips from different recordings. The collection was preserved with grants from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission and the National Endowment for the Arts.
Thanks to cataloger Heather Fox